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Yannick Eijssen heureux d´enregistrer son meilleur résultat de la saison en terminant cinquième de la 5ème étape au Tour d´Autriche. (©Sandro Zangrando.)
Yannick Eijssen heureux d´enregistrer son meilleur résultat de la saison en terminant cinquième de la 5ème étape au Tour d´Autriche. (©Sandro Zangrando.)

Tour of Austria, Stage 5: Eijssen Fifth

7. luglio 2011

Schladming, Austria

Yannick Eijssen of the BMC Racing Team rode to a season-best fifth place finish Thursday at the Tour of Austria after figuring in a day-long breakaway.

No Change Overall
The five-man escape happened just 21 kilometers into the 157 km race. "There were three very strong riders with us – Radioshack's Gregory Rast, Ian Stannard of Sky and Gatis Smukulis of HTC-Highroad," Eijssen said. "They kept the pace really high. At the beginning, we thought the peloton was going to bring us back, but our lead stayed at 2:25, then after 40 km we had four minutes and we just kept riding hard." Stannard took the win as Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana) kept his lead and Mauro Santambrogio remained second for the BMC Racing Team. "This moves us upon on the team GC (general classification) and we've been in the breakaway three of five days here," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "It was good for Yannick to be in that move because it gives our sprinters and GC guys a bit of rest."